No collapse this time as Batang Pier open 2017 with a win

Paul Lintag on Jan 06, 2017 06:44 PM
No collapse this time as Batang Pier open 2017 with a win
Terrence Romeo continued his scoring barrage in the All-Filipino, dropping 27 points to lead the Batang Pier in the new year. He also added five rebounds and five assists for good measure.

Following a nightmare Holiday season, 2017 has been off to a good start for Globalport.

Despite losing yet another big lead, the Batang Pier were able to snap a two-game slide with a 97-89 win over Meralco in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Friday at the MOA Arena.

With the victory, Globalport is back above .500 with a 4-3 mark, putting themselves right into the mix in a very crowded playoff race.

Terrence Romeo continued his scoring barrage in the All-Filipino, dropping 27 points to lead the Batang Pier in the new year. He also added five rebounds and five assists for good measure.

Four other Globalport players finished in double figures with KG Canaleta adding 13 and Billy Mamaril scoring 12. Mike Cortez and JR Quinahan came off the bench and combined for 23 points.

Globalport led by as much as 16 points before Meralco ran the table to close the third quarter and made it a game. However, unlike their two previous outings, the Batang Pier held steady in the fourth period behind Romeo's 12 points to pull off the win.

"We needed that win. Bad experience last game when we were ahead and we weren't able to keep our composure together. This game, we stuck to our own gameplan and we stuck to our system," head coach Franz Pumaren said who is back following a business trip in Europe. He missed Globalport's 26-point collapse against Phoenix last Dec. 28.

Meralco lost its fourth straight game and went down to 2-5 for the Philippine Cup.

Despite an ongoing youth movement, it was actually veteran Reynel Hugnatan who led the Bolts in scoring with 23 points but the young ones likewise did their part albeit in a losing effort.

Rookie Jonathan Grey dropped 18 in a starting role, including 10 in the third quarter that helped Meralco close the gap on Globalport. Chris Newsome and Ed Daquioag finished with 16 and 12 points respectively.

 

The scores:

GLOBALPORT 97 - Romeo 27, Canaleta 13, Mamaril 12, Cortez 12, Quinahan 11, Pringle 9, Aban 9, Mierhofer 2, Paredes 2, Banal 0, Urbiztondo 0, Pessumal 0.

MERALCO 89 - Hugnatan 23, Grey 18, Newsome 16, Hodge 12, Daquioag 12, Buenafe 3, Faundo 2, Caram 2, Amer 1, Uyloan 0, Nabong 0, Ferriols 0.

Quarters: 26-19, 51-41, 72-71, 97-89

 

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